A new report out from a Wall Street Journal analyst claims that the current response to Battlefield V has been weaker than expected, as their report states pre-orders for that title are ‘weak’ as of now.
Their report claims that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s pre-order numbers, alongside Red Dead Redemption 2’s pre-orders, are “showing greater demand” than Battlefield V.
The analysts, Cowen, thinks Battlefield V might end up being another “Titanfall 2” situation, where EA launched that game in between major fall releases. Battlefield V is set to launch between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Black Ops 4 launches October 12, Battlefield V launches October 19, followed by Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26.
Late in July, another analyst group (Michael J. Olson and Yung Kim) stated that they believe Black Ops 4 will in fact outsell Red Dead Redemption 2 as well. This group believes with Treyarch’s strong fan base, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could sell minimum 19.4 million units this year. They shared some numbers in late July showcasing how many units they believe Black Ops 4 will have in 2018:
Those numbers, compared with the group’s projection for Red Dead shown below, shows Call of Duty may end up being the #1 game this fall because of overall brand power versus other titles.
In Activision Blizzard’s recent earnings call, the company stated pre-orders for Black Ops 4 are looking ‘strong’ and that the company expects Black Ops 4 to be the #1 console game this fall.